KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews were still working hours before the long-awaited reopening of the Henley Bridge. It's been closed since January of 2011 for an overhaul that took longer than expected.
Cars will finally be able to cross Henley Bridge at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but you can expect to see orange cones in place. Crews were still working Wednesday afternoon, moving road blocks and preparing the bridge.
While it will be open to traffic, Tennessee Department of Transportation says only one lane in each direction will be open starting after midnight.
They want to remind drivers to be cautious because the project is still being completed and the barrels will be present, meaning crews could be close by.
The reopening is exciting news for businesses like Rush's Music. The owner says since the shutdown of the bridge, his business has taken a hit in the number of customers visiting the music shop.
Employees have a unique celebration planned Wednesday night.
"We want to be the first to cross because we have gone through two and half years of pure torment, and it will be nice to be able to reach the other side of the bridge without going through the detours," said owner Steve Boyce.
While the bridge is open to cars, you cannot walk or ride your bicycle across the bridge because crews are still working on the sidewalks.
TDOT expects the entire project to be finished by June 3, 2014.